Saturday, 31 August 2013

31 DAY CHALLENGE!

Hey lovelies!
We all follow Chalkboard Nails, and she recently announced the 31 Day Challenge starting tomorrow and I decided I will finally participate in one of these.
I've mentioned before that I have been lacking inspiration so I figured this would be a great way for me to do something different and find some inspiration!



Who else is joining in on this hectic challenge?

I will try to post everyday's challenge on Facebook & Instagram! :)

Have a great day! xox

And the winner is...

My giveaway ended this morning and I finally took some time to draw a winner.
The winner is...

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congratulations Erin from Paint Those Piggies! You should all go check out her blog, she has such beautiful swatches!
Thanks again to everyone who entered, and all the my new followers. I'm almost at another milestone which means another giveaway soon!

What prizes would you like to see next time? :)

Friday, 30 August 2013

China Glaze - Bottoms Up

Hey loves!
Today I have a swatch of a gorgeous pink neon polish by China Glaze, Bottoms Up. This was part of the Summer 2013 Sunsational Collection, and it was the only polish I ended up finding from the collection :(



I was afraid my camera wouldn't capture the brightness of this polish but it did such an amazing job. I am in love with this polish, every time I wear it I always have people asking me what polish it is.

Thanks for reading! xox

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Mentality - Rowdy

Hey everyone!
I'm back! I know it's been almost a week since I've posted but I just needed a break, and I've been stressed and working a lot lately.
Today I have a beautiful polish by Mentality, and it's also my very first polish by Mentality.
I received this in some nail mail from a friend, and she knows I'm a huge sucker for purples.

I used 2 coats for full coverage then applied a gel top coat.



Here's a picture of this polish without a top coat.


Without top coat it gives a semi-matte finish.
This polish is absolutely stunning, I love everything about it! My nail mail buddy definitely got me a winner with this one.

Do you prefer it with or without top coat?

Thanks for reading! xox

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Glitter, Holo, and Studs Galore!

Hey lovelies!
I haven't done a mani using studs in awhile so I figured it was time!
Last time I used studs I stuck to one shape, this time I decided to experiment a bit.
For this I used: Color Club - Magic Attraction, Essie - Meet Me At The Altar, 365 Days Of Color - Jellybean There Done That and Studs from Born Pretty Store.



I liked the way this turned out, something very different for me.

Thanks for reading!
Only 8 more days left to enter my giveaway! :)

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Ipsy Glam Bag August - Glamour Academy

Hey lovelies!
Today I have something a little different for you, a review on my August Ipsy bag. I have been receiving these for months and I always say I'm going to review them but I never end up getting around to it lol, but this time I finally did!

If you haven't heard of Ipsy before, it's a bag that you pay $10 a month for ($15 for Canadians) and you get cosmetics/skin care that are chosen for you.
The bag was adorable this month, it's purple (my favorite) with little crests for Glamour Academy. This month I received - Smashbox Photofinish Primer, Mica Beauty Shimmer Powder - Bronze, Pixi - Lash Booster Mascara, Michael Todd - Pumpkin Nutrient Facial Mask and Urban Decay lipstick - 69.


I didn't take a picture of the Smashbox primer because I have used this product before so it slipped my mind on something to review. If you haven't used it before this primer has a very silky texture, you only need a pea size amount for the whole face. It will definitely make your makeup last all day long!


Mica Beauty Shimmer Powder Eyeshadow - Bronze. This is a loose pigment eyeshadow in a beautiful bronze color. I love bronze shades, they make my blue eyes so pop so I was so happy to see in this in my bag.





Pixi Lash Booster Mascara. I actually had never heard of the brand Pixi until recently when Target finally opened in Canada. I still hadn't had a chance to try the products so it was nice to receive this mascara. I'm always looking for a really good mascara, and I really like the brush on this one.



Urban Decay Lipstick - 69. I am in love with this color! I have tried quite a few of these new lipsticks and the pigment on them is amazing. They really stain the lip, nourish and last for hours! This color is a stunning red with a blue undertone, which works well on my fair skin.



Lastly, Michael Todd - Pumpkin Nutrient Mask. I'm always hesitant to try new skincare but I loved the fact that it had pumpkin in it. I have the Kate Somerville Exfolikate intense which has pumpkin and I love it so I decided to try this out. It has a very nice texture to it, and felt very nourishing after. 



If you're interested in joining here is a referral link:  Ipsy Referral 
Thanks for reading lovelies!
If you would like to see more posts like this then just let me know! :)

Monday, 19 August 2013

Different Dimension - Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty

Hey everyone!
It's been almost a week since I last posted, and I want to apologize for that. If you like me on facebook then you know I was a little stressed and uninspired so I decided to take a break for a few days and clear my head.
Today I have a swatch of Different Dimension - Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty, I used 3 thin coats to get good coverage.


I love this. So far I haven't found a Different Dimension polish I haven't liked haha.
I'm sitting here wearing this polish while drinking out of my Big Bang Soft Kitty mug, and I feel like I should be wearing my Soft Kitty T-Shirt too lol.

Thanks for reading! xox

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Zoya - Stevie

Hey everyone!
I know this polish is old news, but I just received it in some nail mail! This was on my wishlist so I'm so happy I finally have it, I'm such a sucker for purples.


It's just as beautiful as I hoped, I LOVE this. My nail mail buddy ended up getting me a few other textured polishes so expect to see those very soon. :)

Thanks for reading! xox

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

My Polish Stash

Hey loves!
I'm back today with a post thats a bit different for me, I'll be showing you my stash/polish area.
I have wanted to do this for awhile but every time I went to take pictures they just never turned out nicely. Thankfully I finally got some pictures I'm satisfied with :)

Lets start with my set up! I have a rolling shelf unit with a Melmer on top as well as 2 Helmers (Only 1 is photographed). I have all of this set up in my living room (No where else in my 1 bedroom apartment), thankfully it's a pretty big living room.


This is a view from above, I have a basket of nail polish I am trying to sell on top of my Melmer, and then a little 3 drawer container filled with nail art supplies.

I'll start with my Melmer (You can buy these at Michaels). My top drawer is the drawer I go into the most often. This drawer has Cotton Squares, Q-tips (for cleanup), Sponges, My camera battery charger, and business cards from various brands I've worked with. 


My second drawer has supplies for mailing out nail mail. I've got boxes of cards, bubble mailers, and tape!


And my bottom drawer has giveaway supplies in it. I've got chocolates/candy, little bags, polishes to use for giveaways, and random stuff lol.


Next up is my nail art supplies that I keep in the 3 drawer container on top of my Helmer.
Top drawer consists of nail art brushes, striping brushes, and dotting tools. 


Second drawer has striping tape, stamping supplies, studs, and glitter.


The last drawer has all of my polish stripers? I don't really know what to call them haha.


Now lets get straight to the polishes, I'll show you my first Helmer.
The top drawer is my first indie polish drawer. This drawer is filled with the indie brands I first tried/cherish the most. I've got Different Dimension, Candy Lacquers, Rainbow Honey, Candeo Colors, Daring Digits, Krafty Gurl, Femme Fatale Lacquer, Glitzology and Lush Lacquer. 


#2  is another indie drawer. Once my top indie drawer was full I realized I had to start a second lol, yay! This one has Wingdust, Fandom Cosmetics, Franken Frosting, Polishaus, Pipe Dream Polish, Pretty and Polished, Lime Crime, and my mini's that I've reviewed. 

#3 is all Color Clubs. My favorite non-indie brand! Also, you can see how I organize my polish in the colors of the rainbow lol.


#4 is all China Glaze. If I buy anymore I will have to start a second CG Drawer.



#5 consists of polish I don't have too much of. OPI, Orly, Barielle, Essie and Zoya. I used to have a ton of OPI's and Barielles but I've started de-stashing recently and had to part with a lot.

#6, the last drawer in my first helmer is again filled with randoms. Illamasqua, Nubar, Seche, Deborah Lippman, Butter London, Sephora by OPI, Sephora X, Nails Inc, Funky Fingers, Finger Paints, Hello Kitty, Ciate, and Julep.


Then I recently bought myself a second Helmer. I didn't have TOO much to put in there, but I've made use out of most drawers!
#1 is filled with mostly top coats. I also have cuticle oils, creams, hardeners, nail wheels, and files.


#2 is my drugstore polish drawer. I've got Sinful Colors, Pure Ice, Hard Candy, Gosh, Joe, Revlon, and Nicole by OPI.


#3 is again drug store polishes (and it's messy lol). I've got Sally Hansen and Essence in here.



#4 has extra nail art stuff. For some odd reason I have candy in here lol, but I have nail wraps, stickers and nail tattoos as well!


#5 has all my Sephora by OPI Gelshine products in it!


My last drawer is still empty, I need more polish to fill it haha.

And that's it, that's my polish stash! I hope you enjoyed reading this, it was fun doing something different!

Thanks! xox





Sunday, 11 August 2013

Neon Glitter Comparison

Hey everyone!
I told you I would do a quick comparison of some neon polishes, so here it is!
I looked through my entire stash and the only neon polishes that appeared to have similar colors were these 3: Pipe Dream Polish - Like Totally, Femme Fatale Lacquer - Oh My Neon, and Rainbow Honey - Magic Cake.


As you can see they may all have Neon blue, green and pink glitters but they aren't very similar at all. Like Totally has medium sized glitter in various sizes, and Oh My Neon and Magic Cake have a wider range of sizes.
Oh My Neon and Magic Cake both have small neon blue glitter, but Magic Cake has larger pieces of glitter in different colors/sizes where Oh My Neon's glitters are smaller and consist of squares and micro green glitter.

These neon polishes may appear similar in the bottle but they are so different on. This just makes me want to go buy more neon glitters, I always think they look too similar but this just proves that besides the colors being the same the glitters are very different.

Thanks for reading! xox

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Candy Lacquer - Mermaid Wishes

Hey lovelies!
I know it's been a few days since I've posted, all thanks to my overnight shifts screwing me up lol. But I'm back, and I've got a swatch of a beautiful polish by Candy Lacquer.
I've had Mermaid Wishes for a few months, and I've swatched it several time but each time it just doesn't look as pretty as it does in real life. I am finally satisfied with my swatches!
I swatched this over 2 coats of China Glaze - Aquadelic.



I love this polish, I love all of my Candy Lacquer polishes.
Do you own any Candy Lacquers?

Thank you to all my new followers, I was so excited to see that I'm almost at 900 followers. You're so amazing!
xox

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Rainbow Honey - Magic Cake

Hey loves!
I'm typing this post at 1:30 am and I'm trying SO hard to stay awake right now. I mentioned the other day that I will be working overnights a few days this week, and that day is tomorrow! Lets hope I can stay awake tonight so I don't die while I work until 6am tomorrow!
Lets get to the nails, we all know I love Rainbow Honey so of course I have to finally post of swatch of Magic Cake. I bought this polish during The SUmmer Of 199X Pre-sale (the same time I grabbed the set for the giveaway), so it's about time I use it!
I chose to swatch this over 2 coats of Color Club - Evolution.


I really love neon polishes, but don't we all? As I'm writing this post I'm feeling inspired to do a comparison post on a few indie brands neon glitter polishes!

Thanks for reading! xox

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Rainbow Gradient

Hey lovelies!
It seems like I'm getting in the habit of taking Fridays and Saturdays off from blogging, I apologize but we all need a few days off every now and then. Next week my posts might be a little bit more sporadic because I have to work 2 overnight shifts and then prepare myself for an 8am shift 2 days later. I will try to swatch and prepare posts on Monday so I have a few things for you all.

Enough of my rambling, lets get onto the nails! I feel like I hadn't done a gradient in awhile so I decided it was time to do one!
I used: China Glaze - Sunday Funday, Orly - Butterflies, Orly - Spark and Sephora X - Chaotic.



I'm so obsessed with this, why don't I do gradients more often?

Thanks for reading everyone, enjoy your Sunday! xox

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Femme Fatale Lacquer - Oh My Neon!

Hey loves!
I've got a swatch post today of another gorgeous polish by Femme Fatale Lacquer, Oh My Neon! I'm obsessed with ALL of Cynthia's creations, they're all so beautiful. 



I've worn this countless times now, my mom has even borrowed it a few times and she loves it.
Another amazing polish by Femme Fatale Lacquer!

Keep entering my giveaway, I can't believe it's only been a day and I have so many entries already. You're all amazing, thank you! <3